A Billings judge says a man whose son died in a shooting accident can have access to sealed documents in a separate case against the gun manufacturer.
Tuesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull makes public several documents from the lawsuit settled in 1995. The suit alleged a manufacturing defect caused a Remington Arms Co. rifle to fire and injure a 14-year-old boy.
Cebull ruled that the documents were improperly sealed.
The public interest law firm Public Justice says Richard Barber of Manhattan sought the documents to learn the full story of what happened in that case.
Barber's 9-year-old son Gus died in 2000 when the same model rifled discharged while his mother was unloading it.
Barber has argued the company knew the Remington 700 was dangerous.